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Wisdom from the Bathroom Wall

We enjoyed a terrific breakfast today at Floyd’s Diner, one of our favourite restaurants in Victoria. The funky decor, excellent food and friendly, efficient staff make this a great dining destination.

The restrooms are small and outdated, but are covered with words of wisdom from fellow diners. This one in particular caught my attention.

When you worry, you are praying for what you fear will happen
When you worry, you are praying for what you fear will happen

We attended some meditation classes a few years ago based on the teachings of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. Ramana, one of Bhagavan’s followers, has created AHAM (Association of Happiness for all Mankind). A basic principle of his teachings is that “thoughts are things” and you best “keep your thoughts on what you want instead of on what you don’t want” unless you want to experience a lot of what you don’t want.

Have you ever had one of those days when you “got up on the wrong side of bed” and one bad thing after another happened all day long? If you stepped outside of the drama of your life for a moment and observed, you would notice that you had been ruminating on all the bad things that happened and ended up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy for a ‘bad day’.

We know that in the grand scheme of things, that we should count our blessings that we are not dealing with bigger problems. These are petty annoyances in light of real challenges such as serious illness or financial worry and upon reflection, you feel pretty foolish that you got bent out of shape by sour milk in your morning coffee.

Ramana has developed the Seven Basic Truths – simple words to remind us of these powerful truths:

  1. Imagination creates your reality.
  2. Thoughts are things.
  3. What you think about grows.
  4. You become what you think about.
  5. Your assumptions form your world, so keep your mind on what you want and off of what you don’t want.
  6. You can change your world by reforming your assumptions.
  7. If you can’t change the situation, you can change its effects on you, by changing your assumption or your attitude about it; and eventually you may even be able to change the situation.

May you keep your thoughts focused on fair sailing and not on the storms.

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

I am mad. Spit-hateful-words-in-your-face mad!

Truly, the action that pushed my buttons and created this reaction is not worthy of this strong anger, but there it is nonetheless. In the grand scheme of things this was a minor attack, but my ego is screaming for some accountability from the person who slighted me.

I know that the actions of this person speaks to their own insecurities not mine but, in their efforts to cover their own behind, I was degraded and that is not okay. I also know that my anger only hurts me – bringing more anger back at me thanks to the law of attraction. Crap! I definitely don’t want more of this feeling!

On the other hand, shoving my anger down also does not serve me, so what should I do?  I would like to express my anger in a meaningful way and once it is spent, I would like it to leave my consciousness, my cells, me.

So, I am writing a blog post and these words will be but a reminder of the anger that possessed me today. I feel better already. I should have thought about this sooner instead of ruminating in my anger. Wasted energy to be sure. And I know better to let myself get sucked into this vortex.

Alas, I have to admit that I am human – albeit an angry human capable of feeling a whole range of emotions – some positive and others, embarrassingly negative.

The upside of this is that I luckily did not act out of anger, although I tell you, I was tempted! The satisfaction would have been temporary and I would have hurt someone in the process.

Tomorrow, I will be able to deal with the situation from a place of compassion for the other person’s insecurities. I will state my objections with integrity instead of anger. I like that place much better.

For now, I will surrender to this anger and let it move through me, hopefully while keeping my words to myself.  Breathe in. Breathe out. Perhaps, there is a lesson for me wrapped inside this cloak of anger.  Stepping outside of my anger will allow me to receive the gift. Easier said than done today.